Chamlong's Asoke Vegetarian...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 11 Reviews
Across the road from Chatuchat exit 1, you see a large food court, fruit and veg stalls, and a shop all run by the vegetarian foundation known as Chamlong Mangsawirat or Vegetarian Foundation. Chamlong is in a 2 floor white building behind some night clubs. Large space with 40 tables, serving simple Thai & Chinese veg food, self-serve buffet with some sauces containing milk (ask). It's operated by Santi Asok buddhist sect referring to themselves as The Dharma Practitioner Association. Thai language only. Location is next to the weekend market, in its own car park among other restaurants, health food & produce shops. Directions: Turn inside small soi around 400 club, pass night club parking. Take skytrain to the terminus at Mo Chit, then take subway (towards Bang Sue) to Kampaeng Phet where you take exit #1, and at the top of the escalator, turn right and go back up the road in the opposite direction to the direction in which you were going up the escalator. After 50 meters turn right at Roy Antiques (glass-sided building), go 50 metres up that alley, veer right and you'll see a long 2-storey building. Go through it about halfway down on the ground floor. Go to the window on your left and buy food coupons. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Thai, Chinese, Organic, Buffet
Chatuchak Market (Kampaeng Phet Rd)
Bangkok, Thailand
02272-4282

Tue-Fri 6:00am-2:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00am-3:00pm

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First Review by JohnnySensible
Dominick
Dominick
  • vegetarian
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+84

It was open on 13th Jan 2013

5 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2013

The place with the largest selection of Vegan(Jay) food I know in Bangkok. Great value for money 30-40 baht for rice and 3 helpings(about a ladel and a half of food). It has about 10-12 different stalls selling different sorts of Vegan Thai food. It's open 6 a.m. to 2 pm Mon-Fri, 6 a.m.to 3 pm Sat-Sun. As is often the way with Jay restaurants the stalls tend to cook up and big batch of food for the beginning of the day, then they add a few things later depending on demand. Generally the earlier you get there the fresher your food will be.

It has a nice atmosphere there's a mix of different people there with quite a few older chinese thai grandparents shuffling in for their regular fix of Vegan food and Issan street sellers enjoying there Mushrooom Laab(minced meat salad). I do love Laab, it's normally made with meat but here there are 4 different kinds of Mushroom/Tofu Laab.

One of the few places in Thailand that's not that noisy even though there are a lot of people there. The absence of Big TV's and tannoy systems blasting out adverts helps

Not sure why it's listed as closed

You take your own plates back and there are different bins for food and plastic. This adds to the spirit of the place, "Ask not what your restaurant can do for, you but want you can do for you restaurant."

It is difficult to find but the map here is quite good. You can't see it from the main road. If you are walking up Kampeng Pet 2 road away from the Underground Station you turn left as you get to the JJ OUTLET MALL, walk about fifty yards down and turn to your left. It took me two attempts to find it.

https://www.facebook.com/ChamlongsAsokeVegetarianRestaurant

Updated from previous review on Saturday January 12, 2013
Updated from previous review on Saturday January 12, 2013

Pros: Great range of Vegan food, Nice Atmosphere
Cons: Difficult to find, Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kanink
Kanink
  • mostly-vegetarian
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I'M WORKING IN CHAMLONG'S RESTAURANT :)

5 Posted on 10 / 17 / 2012

I WORKING HERE FOR LONG TIME AS ORGANIC VEGETABLE :) HERE REALLY NICE HAVE MANY KIND OF VEGETARIAN FOOD ^^ I CAN GIVE YOU SUGGESTION IF YOU CANNOT FIND THE PLACE :) official page https://www.facebook.com/ChamlongsAsokeVegetarianRestaurant Updated from previous review on Saturday October 13, 2012


swoon0313
swoon0313
  • vegetarian
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+19

unable to find this restaurant

2 Posted on 06 / 18 / 2012

We were so hot and hungry after a long hour shopping at Chatuchak and hope to get a quick vegetarian lunch by finding this address for so long. But unfutunately, we still could not find it.


Cons: hard to find

eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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Most authentic feed in Bangkok

5 Posted on 07 / 12 / 2011

Without claiming to have been to them all, we're willing to bet this place is probably the most authentic when it comes to Thai veg*n food. A bit of a way out from the city centre, but we'll be doing it again before we leave for sure.

We got there about half an hour before closing time (2pm), so my guess is that it's probably even better earlier in the day. We didn't have a great selection but everything we did have was fabulous and healthy. The taste profiles finally had that 'only in Thailand' feel that we had been missing so far. Relieved to be finally finding the good stuff! I will say though, it was VERY hot. At closing time they pull down then shutters so there's no breeze at all. My partner thought he was going to fall off his plastic chair for a moment there! If like us you get a bit lost finding it, just ask a local - they all seem to know it if you mention Santi Asoke so pretty hard to not to get there.

Oh yes - be sure to visit the nearby market as well. Full of every exotic fruit you can imagine and lots of stalls offering a great selection of traditional Thai desserts and treats that we'd been having locating in central Bangkok. The coconut sticky rice baked in banana leaf over a BBQ type grill was awesome.

Bottom line - we'll be back very soon ;)

Pros: tasty authentic dishes, organic, cheap as chips!
Cons: hot (and stuffy at closing time), a bit of a trek, not much english
msvegan
msvegan
  • vegan
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+337

Delicious cheap VEGAN food

5 Posted on 01 / 04 / 2011

Staffed by all vol. members of the temple this place is the best. The vibe is really positive. English is spoken here as a wonderful man who works in the store lived in California for over 20 years and teaches free english to the other members.

From what I can see and have been told the food is VEGAN not vegetarian...my only doubt would be on a couple of the salad dressings for the mixed green salads...where the dressing choice is optional.

My fav place in BKK. Delicious traditional food is a very simple basic cafateria setting. No pretense just great food.

Its best to arrive early as the food does get sparse after the lunch rush. Amazing buffet with the most options ive seen in BKK and at the best prices. Just point at what you want and then pay with coupons that you buy ahead of time.

Wonderful store section with natural soaps organic products etc. There are other veg food stalls in the complex and the one directly behind this rest. makes amazing stuffed chinese buns...again english spoken.

Locating it the first time can be a bit hard. But, its worth the effort.

Pros: delicious, great value, wonderful staff
Cons: stool seating
heatherypoo
heatherypoo
  • vegetarian
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Great day trip

5 Posted on 08 / 29 / 2010

Located near a huge weekend market. Great variety of food at next to nothing prices. Dont miss.

Pros: Healthy, Inexpensive, Wide variety
Cons: Far outside of town
PauPau
PauPau
  • vegan
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veggie vibes

5 Posted on 04 / 03 / 2010

the above reviews says it all. anyone with the slighest interest in knowing more about vegetarianism (veganism) in thailand and asia should visit this place. The Santi Asoke people have a serving and self reliable attitude, many of their published books are about building your own house (like a straw house, very cool !!) and growing your own organic veggies , mushrooms, etc.


Guest
Guest

Chamlong's Cafe / Chamlong's Restaurant

5 Posted on 04 / 16 / 2009

Great food - a high % of raw - prepared & served by an army of happy Buddhist people - plus a well-stocked shop with many organic products.

Well Greg my friends certainly all call it "Chamlong's Asoke Cafe" or "Chamlong's Restaurant".

Calling it "Asoke" is not so helpful.

"Chamlong's Asoke Vegetarian Restaurant" is best I think - I am sending in an update.

"Chamlong's Vegetarian Restaurant is located near - but not inside - the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Away from the main road, it is located north of Kampaengphet 1 Rd and west of Kampaengphet 2 Rd (west of the market)."


marikasaa
marikasaa
  • vegetarian
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Go there early...

3 Posted on 01 / 19 / 2008

...if you go at all. The time it took to find this restaurant was so long that it had just closed.

Location tip: there is a BMS-station (not the big one, find the smaller one on the other, the opposite Chatuchak side of the road) near here. If you find it you are only a few steps away from the place. Good luck!


ggwyn
ggwyn
  • mostly-vegetarian
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Things have changed!

5 Posted on 09 / 09 / 2007

Things have changed, no one calls this Chamlongs cafe any more, firstly because its not Chamlongs. Its run by Santi Asok a Buddhist sect excommunicated from the national Thai Sangha (Buddhist organisational body) their food coupons refer to them selves as The Dharma Practitioneer Association.
2ndly it is not a cafe! It is in fact a fully fledged 40 table Thai veg restaurant, the countries leading example of this restaurant genre, the best in it's class.
The restaurant is in the middle of it own car park in a simple purpose built single story structure. 3/4 of the building is allocated to a lik minded community of supporting and complementry health food shops, restaurants, whole food wholesalers, organic produce shops and an organic/whole/health food super market.
Prices across the board are close to unbeatable from 10 baht up.
This genre of Thai non commercial vegetarian is for the benefit of many, to experience wholesome food as espoused by Buddhist ideals, also the opportunity to experience wholesome community, behaviour, knowledge and mind.
This is evidenced by the humble non air conditioned but cool breezy open plan lay out, the unique serve your self buffet style, no waiter, pay as you go by coupon, the in house health and Bhuddhist (Thai language) bookshop, clean up your dishes after your self when finished system and what appears to be cost price food.
Simple authentic Thai vegetarian food, top quality natural whole food organic dishes of a broad range.

Pros: Organic, Cheap, Center of veg community
Cons: A little difficult to find
JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible
  • herbivore
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PLEASE someone visit & update this listing

4 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2007

My favorite eating place in the 90's up to 2002. A short (often muddy) walk from the south side of Jatujak Market through an area of antique furniture sellers / cheeky magazine sellers. Run by the "Santi Asoke" Buddhist Group. They used to be open every day from early morning until perhaps 2 p.m. - a really useful shop atached with organic veggies / dried & packaged foods. Several other veggie joints in the same group of buildings. The next time I visit bangkok it will be my first port of call.


  • travelish travelish

    a few corrections: the food is not all vegan, as they use milk in some dishes: you have to ask for it. Yes it is difficult to find, except when you can find the MRT Station Kamphaeng Pet, there you take exit one; upstairs go straight and turn left at the first crossroad: on your left hand side you will see a new building with a lot of red: you have to take the first soi after this building to the left, and at the end of this market soi go the the left : you will see a gate in the fence, and there is the restaurant.

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